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- SAVE THE DATE: ABEH Graduation May 7, 2021
If you are planning on graduating in 2021 (May, August, or December) please mark your calendars and *Save-the-Date* for 5:30-7:00 Friday, May 7, 2021 for a graduation reception to celebrate receiving the Animal Behavior Bachelor of Science degree.
In compliance with IU’s pandemic policy, we regret that we cannot host an in-person event. However, we look forward to seeing you online and celebrating your accomplishment at our virtual reception. We’ll provide details about the virtual reception soon.
**If you are planning to attend, please follow this link to give us a little information about yourself—it will only take a few minutes: animalbehavior.indiana.edu/forms/graduation-survey
- COURSE HIGHLIGHT: Special Topics in Avian Conservation: Environmental Change and Resilience
Title: A-401- Special Topics in Avian Conservation: Environmental Change and Resilience
Instructor: Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson
Days and Time: Tuesday and Thursday 1:10-2:25 pm
There will be one field trip on a Saturday, likely date is October 16th (subject to change), students expected to attend, will have rain date as possible, Will last ~7AM-2PM
The format will be assigned readings for Tuesdays for summary and discussion, and an opportunity to hear from an expert speaker on the same topic on Thursdays. Some weeks may begin with a speaker and end with a discussion. We will mix it up based on speaker availability.
The course is listed under animal behavior (AB)(A-401) and Biology (Bio)(L-410) and for graduate students (Biol Z620)
Why is it important for students to take this course?
Earth is experiencing its 6th mass extinction, biodiversity is in steep decline, the potential consequences are alarming, the time to act is now. Students will learn the dimensions of the problem as seen through a series of perspectives - legal, humanistic, biological, socio-ecological. Students will engage in devising solutions. This course counts towards the Evolutionary/Ecological Perspective.
- COURSE HIGHLIGHT: Animal Conservation A401
Course title: Animal Conservation A401
Day and time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 – 11:50 am
Adjunct lecturer: Adam Fudickar
Course description: Following an introduction to the field of animal conservation, students in this course will learn about recent advancements in biology that contribute to animal conservation efforts. Students taking the course will learn how research in ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, molecular biology, cognition, and development are used by scientists and conservation practitioners to help protect animal populations.This course counts towards the Evolutionary/Ecological Perspective.
- JOB POSTING: Bloomington Veterinary Hospital
Bloomington Veterinary Hospital is looking for motivated and positive individuals to join our team as patient care assistants. Responsibilities include feeding and walking hospitalized and boarding patients/guests, maintaining daily hospitalization and boarding sheets, assisting doctors and veterinary technicians with acquiring blood samples, radiographs, placing IV catheters, and using in house laboratory equipment.
We are proud to be an AAHA accredited hospital that treats dogs, cats, rabbits, and other exotics. We look to hire doctors that are enthusiastic, compassionate, and who strive to practice high quality medicine. Our hospital is large and well equipped. Our practice is located in the wonderful college town of Bloomington with abundant recreational and cultural activities. We are well known and established in our community - for over 40 years!
Animal care experience preferred, but not required.
Job Type: Full-time and Part-time available
Pay: $11.00 - $12.00 per hour DOE
Paid time off
If interested, please send resume to Allison Ritchey: email@example.com.
- INTERNSHIP: Gold Leaf Hydroponics Reptile Husbandry Internship
- FIELD SCHOOL: African Wild Trails
Email: My name is Robyn Hickman, African Wildlife Species Research Lead for Africa Wild Trails. I am emailing you as you are listed as one of the most appropriate people for us to contact at your university.
We deliver unique ecology and conservation research trips open to both undergraduate and graduate university students, and we are very much hoping you could forward this email, with the information below, to your current Bioscience students to spread the word. If you would like any more information before you do this, please do not hesitate to email me with your questions. I am more than happy to help!
AWT Brief History
We have been planning and delivering ventures and expeditions to Africa for over twenty years and all with an underlying ethos of nature conservation. Working alongside our expert ecologists and game rangers, we are now in our fourth year of delivering specific research on the Nile Crocodile and Cape Giraffe.
Please have a look at the information below and, if you would be good enough to do so, distribute it to your students who may be interested in research options for next year. We are also very keen to have photographers in the research teams as good images of the animals is crucial. As such we would be grateful if you could please also forward to your photography department or any keen photographers among your students.
Research Opportunities 2021
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any more information about these trips and an application pack!
Aid in ongoing research initiatives based in the rich and diverse province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Focusing on two species that often go overlooked in the world of conservation, our field research opportunities are ideal for bioscience and photography students, giving vital skills and experience collecting data in the field, increasing employability whilst taking some action.
Led by experienced researchers, ecologists and game rangers, we provide 24/7 in-country support, and guidance. There is scope to complete both research trips consecutively. Each trip is fully catered and both include Big 5 safari game drives!
Cape Giraffe Project
20th July - 2nd August 2021
- Build a database of individuals using their patterns
- Study dispersal using telemetry
- Observe foraging and social behaviours on foot
- Investigate the effects of disease and habitat loss on local populations
Nile Crocodile Project
5th - 18th August 2021
- Gain hands-on and close up experience during initial phase in a local crocodile centre
- Conduct research on wild crocs including population dynamics, counts, size and body condition studies, and basking and thermoregulatory behaviour
- Develop pattern recognition software using photographic techniques
We can take individuals onto our July/August research trips or we can deliver specifically for a group from your university at any other time of the year. A research group would consist of 5-15 students.
Again, please feel free to contact me if you would like any more information.
Robyn Hickman MSci
African Wildlife Species Research Lead
Africa Wild Trails Ltd
AWT Instagram: @africawildtrails
High Standards: All AWT operations have been independently assessed by the Adventure Activity Associates. AWT Holds the LOtC Quality Badge for international ventures and we are fully compliant with the BS8848 British Standard for international research, ventures and expeditions. AWT is a full member of the Expedition Providers Association and has delivered ventures to region for over 15 years.
Registered Address Peelings Manor | Hankham Road, Hankham | East Sussex | BN24 5AP | Company Number: 730220 | Coordinates: 50°49'18.1"N 0°17'45.9"E
Fellowship, Scholarship, + Award Deadlines
- CISAB Undergraduate Study Scholarships application deadline extended to April 15, 2021
CISAB awards two summer study scholarships each year to aid outstanding Animal Behavior majors at IU Bloomington with the costs of summer field courses, internships, or research experiences in fields relevant to the study of animal behavior. These awards help to defray costs of travel and fees for these experiences.
- Goodson Prize for the Art in Science Submission deadline is in March
Goodson Prize for Art in Science
Dr. Jim Goodson was a vibrant member of the CISAB community. In addition to being a consummate neuroscientist and critical thinker, Jim was also extraordinarily gifted at capturing the beauty of his science via images, of both his study subjects and his histological material. The Goodson Prize for Art in Science recognizes outstanding research images from CISAB members that are not just scientifically meaningful but are also beautiful. Winning images are showcased both in the CISAB house and on our website.
- Faculty Nominations for Excellence in Thesis Research in Animal Behavior Deadline April 5th, 2021
To recognize some of our many outstanding Animal Behavior majors, CISAB Undergraduate Curriculum Committee has established a new award for Excellence in Thesis Research in Animal Behavior.
- CISAB + CTRD Fellowship applications
Current Ph.D. and postdoctoral students are eligible for up to 12 months of stipend support through opportunities offered by both the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) and the Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD). Applications are due in February each year.
- Faculty Nominations for the Rowland Mentoring Award
CISAB founding member William J. Rowland was devoted to the study of animal behavior, and a strong advocate for mentoring and training undergraduates in research, particularly undergraduates who were in one way or another disadvantaged in their opportunities to get research experience. The Bill Rowland Mentoring Award was established in Bill’s memory to recognize graduate students who have served as outstanding research mentors to undergraduates. Recomendations are due in February each year.
- Faculty Nominations for the Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship
Established in memory of Hanna Kolodziejski, a remarkable graduate student in CISAB and the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program in Biology, this fellowship is an annual award for a graduate student who, like Hanna, shows academic talent in both research and teaching, and who demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. The fellowship is open to all CISAB and Biology graduate students, with a preference given to members of CISAB and Evolution, Ecology & Behavior (EEB) students. Recomendations are due in February each year.
27th Animal Behavior Virtual Conference will be held March 26 & 27, 2021
In recognition of our responsibility to protect the health of our colleagues, this year we will host a virtual conference! Although we will not get to see you in person this year, we are still committed to creating an engaging and valuable experience.
Registration is closed.
Twitter Feed During the Conference : https://twitter.com/IU_CISAB/status/1375446803345154054
We welcome attendees to contribute presentation or poster abstracts, with undergraduate presenters especially encouraged.
This year, in addition to our usual broad range of talks, to honor founding member Dr. William Timberlake (1942 – 2019), one of our sessions will be a special mini-symposium on animal cognition. If you are doing work on animal cognition, comparative cognition, or animal learning, please consider submitting an abstract for a talk.Animal Behavior Conference
Kim Rosvall receives NSF CAREER grant and Outstanding Jr. Faculty Award
Kim also received a CAREER Grant from the National Science Foundation last year. The goal of her NSF grant is to integrate genetic and physiological mechanisms across multiple to identify processes of behavioral evolution. Rosvall's CAREER grant approaches this goal by focusing on female-female aggression, exploring how individual differences in aggression arise in the brain. In addition, experiments and comparative analyses will explore whether the physiological and environmental drivers of aggression are conserved or unique across multiple species. These efforts will connect multiple levels of biological complexity, from genes to the environment and from individuals to species. Rosvall’s research is coupled with an educational plan that injects writing into research-based curricula in animal behavior. Activities include writing exercises for undergraduates in animal behavior, and a writing workshop to teach disciplinary writing skills for graduate students in animal behavior and allied fields.
2020 Virtual Science Fest
IU launched a virtual Science Fest Saturday, October 24, 2020. All activities are free, open to the public and will remain available through the school year!
Many thanks to CISAB assistant Charli Taylor and CISAB graduate student members Megan Freiler and Michelle Benavidez in their efforts in creating our 3 part Program – Build a Motor Neuron with Play dough, Electric Fish Demonstration and Motor Neuron coloring sheet.
Thank you also to Kim Rosvall for linking her lab’s Science Fest activities to CISAB.
Science Fest Link
Mark your calendars for the 2021 Animal Behavior Virtual Conference
The 2021 Animal Behavior Conference is scheduled for March 26th-27th, 2021. This year the Animal Behavior Conference will be held virtually.